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 Wednesday, 7-November-2018  14:25:41 (GMT +10) - by Agg

One fairly predictable consequence of SmugMug having recently bought Flickr is that they are limiting their free service. If you have a free Flickr account with more than 1000 photos on it, you need to read this: Free members with more than 1,000 photos or videos uploaded to Flickr have until Tuesday, January 8, 2019, to upgrade to Pro or download content over the limit. After January 8, 2019, members over the limit will no longer be able to upload new photos to Flickr. After February 5, 2019, free accounts that contain over 1,000 photos or videos will have content actively deleted -- starting from oldest to newest date uploaded -- to meet the new limit. Discussion here.

Intel have given a sneak peak of some upcoming Xeon Scalable CPUs. As Anandtech explain in their review: Intel is still keeping a lot of details for Cascade-AP under wraps for now, but what we do know is some high level specifications: Cascade-AP processors will be up to 48 cores, possibly with hyperthreading, and is aimed at dual socket servers, for a total of 96 cores in a 2S system. As a result, a single Cascade-AP is essentially a 2S Xeon setup on a single chip. More coverage on ServeTheHome, TomsHardware, TheNextPlatform, ArsTechnica, HotHardware and Top500. Discussion in this thread.

Meanwhile AMD have revealed EPYC 2 CPUs, also for datacentre use, at their "Next Horizon" event overnight. Interestingly Amazon already have AWS EC2 instances available with the new CPUs. Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company (NASDAQ:AMZN), announced new general purpose (M5 and T3) and memory-optimized (R5) instance types with AMD EPYC processors that are 10% less expensive than the current M5, T3, and R5 instances. The AMD-based instances provide additional options for customers who are looking to achieve cost savings on their Amazon EC2 compute environment for a variety of workloads, such as microservices, low-latency interactive applications, small and medium databases, virtual desktops, development and test environments, code repositories, and business applications.

Researchers have found a flaw in some SSD encryption. Researchers at Radboud University in the Netherlands have discovered that widely used data storage devices with self-encrypting drives do not provide the expected level of data protection. A malicious expert with direct physical access to widely sold storage devices can bypass existing protection mechanisms and access the data without knowing the user-chosen password. Samsung have responded with a firmware patch for certain drives.

There's a New Mac Mini with increased specs and pricetag. Now with quad- and 6-core processors, up to 64GB of faster memory and blazing fast all-flash storage, the new Mac mini delivers an insane five times faster performance, making it the most powerful Mac mini ever made.1 And with Thunderbolt 3 ports, the Apple T2 Security Chip and a 10Gb Ethernet option, the new Mac mini is a faster and more capable desktop that can do so much more. Discussion here.

The "Retro Let's Play" game for early November is Bionic Commando for the NES, from back in 1988. You take the role of Nathan "Lad" (Japanese) / "Rad" (English) Spencer, a commando who has had his original left arm replaced with a bionic arm, complete with grappling hook. Instead of the usual jump button common to most 8-bit titles, the character now exclusively uses the grapple arm to hook on to ledges, pull himself up to higher levels, swing across chasms, or grab enemies and power ups.

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